Counseling Department

How do I Register for the ACT/SAT?

Registering online for the ACT and SAT tests is the quickest way to register.  To register for the ACT on line, go to www.actstudent.org. You can register 24/7; get your admission ticket sooner; and have access to the most up-to-date list of test locations.

The only ACT test that students do not have to register for themselves is the ACT that is part of the Michigan Merit Exam (MME) given in March unless you want to take an additional test on a different date.

To register for the SAT online, go to SAT  You can get immediate confirmation of your registration.

An informational flyer is also available in the counseling office. Students can come in and pick one up.

Tawas High school staff can not register students for the ACT or SAT. Students and parents must register themselves.  Students do not have to register to take the ACT for the Michigan Merit Exam since it is part of the State of Michigan test.

ACT test dates 

  • *October 23, 2021
  • December 11, 2021
  • February 12, 2021
  • April 2, 2022
  • *June 11, 2022

SAT test dates

  • *November 6, 2021 (Check Collegeboard.org for Locations)
  •  December 4, 2021(Check Collegeboard.org for Locations)
  •  March 12, 2022 (Check Collegeboard.org for Locations)
  •  May 7, 2022 (Check Collegebaord.org for Locations)
  • June 4, 2022 (Check Collegebaord.org for Locations)

**FREE SAT practice site**  

Need A Fee Waiver?

You may be eligible for fee waivers for ACT, SAT, and college applications.  Visit www.collegeboard.org  or stop by the counseling office for more information.

What You Need to File the FAFSA

Go to the right Website

The FAFSA application can be found here.   The FAFSA is the FREE Application for Federal Student Aid. If you are on a website that tries to charge you, it is a scam.
For special circumstances, there is a paper FAFSA that can be printed out and completed; however we do not suggest you file on paper because it takes several weeks to process and is harder to complete. Application process opens on October 1st.  

FAFSA

Deadline Approaching: March 1, 2022

As a reminder, priority consideration for State programs is given to students whose Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is received at the federal processor on or before March 1, 2022

High school seniors who achieved a SAT score of 1200 or higher are eligible for consideration for the Michigan Competitive Scholarship (MCS).  Additional criteria for eligibility, such as demonstrating financial need at a Michigan institution, will be evaluated based on a completed FAFSA.

Set up your FAFSA ID before you file.

Students and one parent (for dependent students) will need an FAFSA ID, which includes a user name and password, in order to file a FAFSA. This is used both to log in and as your electronic signature on the FAFSA.

Make sure to keep this information in a secure location or choose something that you will easily remember as you will need it to make any changes on the FAFSA, file the FAFSA in the future, and fill out information to receive loans.
It generally takes 1-3 for the FSA ID to become fully operational, so it is a good idea to do this process at least a few days before starting the FAFSA.
Please note the that the FAFSA ID has replaced the PIN number on all federal websites.

There are many things you will either need to know or need in-hand in order to fill out the FAFSA and to create your FAFSA ID. This will include:  

  • Social security number (both student and parent[s])
  • Driver’s license (if any) or state ID
  • Permanent resident receipt card (If applicable)
  • W-2 forms and other 2020 records of money earned
  • 2020 income tax return
  • Records of child support paid
  • Records of taxable earning from Federal work study or other need-based work programs
  • Records of student grant, scholarship, and fellowship aid, including AmeriCorps awards, that was included in student or parent AGI
  • Current stock, bond, and other investment records
  • Current business and farm records
  • Current bank statements

Sallie Mae Paying for College Resources:

Here is a great resource to help students and families make a plan to pay for college.  The resource is free, easy to use , and includes great information on all the important paying for college topics.  Click on the link and it will take you to the homepage and you can view multiple video presentations regarding:

  • Introducing resources to help pay for college.
  • How to pay for college.
  • How to find out what college really costs.
  • How to find free money for college.
  • How to fill out the FAFSA.
  • Understanding your financial aid offers.
  • What you need to know about student loans.
  • Filling financial gaps.

Attention Sophomores:

There is a weekend leadership conference held at Michigan State University in May offered through Michigan Youth Leadership (MyLead). Participants will develop the leadership skills necessary to become understanding and effective leaders of tomorrow. Conference activities include motivational speakers, panel discussions about current events, team-building exercises, and much more. Students who have attended this had an awesome time! If you are interested in more information, stop by the counseling office for application or you can visit the MyLead website at www.mylead.org.   

Interested in College Fairs?

Below is a link of fairs across the state of Michigan.

MACRAO CALENDER